Tuesday, April 7, 2009
4-6-09 Bicycle Banshees and Street Astronomy
You would think that after a week long blitz of astronomy outreach I would need a break - right? I am not sure what came over me tonight but I had all my house husband chores done with my wife glued to her studies so let me find another excuse to get out! But in reality it never takes that much to get me out the door to do this stuff. What do bikes and astronomy have in common? Well they help us to enjoy the great outdoors and each others company - though there is a bit more exercise involved with the bikes! This fun group came rumbling down the pathway with their awesome cruiser bikes and applied the brakes to take in a view of the heavens! We studied the wonderful gibbous Moon, modeled it's phases and facing side, modeled seasons here on Earth/Uranus and viewed Saturn with Titan. The fellow on the left who by the way looks the part of a bicycle hoodlum got to be the Sun in our modeling time and had the proper attitude of prominence that the anchor of a solar system requires! Thank you guys for stopping and making this evening so enjoyable! I had at least 48 visitors before the clouds rolled in.